The 40's

The Wolf Man [1941]

Classic horror movie starring Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Talbot, the man who wants nothing more than to be cured of his irrepressible (when the moon is full of course) lycanthropy. It all started when he was bitten by a werewolf (Bela Lugosi in a chilling role) . As the gypsy woman Maleva explains:”Even a man that is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright”. Universal pictures had already released many horror movies prior to “The Wolf Man” (“Dracula” (1931), “Frankenstein” (1931) and “The Mummy” in 1932), but for some reason, I enjoyed this one the most. Makeup artist Jack Pierce devised an amazing costume for Chaney that would would come to serve as the template for the sequel “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man”. The success of this incredibly entertaining movie led to many sequels and spin-offs (most of them starring Lon Chaney aswell). Dozens of imitators, updates and more recently remake (starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins) have since followed, but this one remains easily the best. Fun fact: Maria Ouspenskaya, who played the old Gypsy woman, was only six years older than Bela Lugosi, who played her son.

Rating: 3/4

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